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>> i was sitting at home friday, last friday, looking at judge mathis, and i get a call from aaa telling me you have a corvette in mississippi. come and get it. >> this morning gm said they'll pay for transporting the car back to george. the next time the cops pull you over, you'll have new rights. the united states supreme court with an enormous decision on what the cops can and cannot do when they stop you. faulty ignition switches triggered an enormous recall as gm, as we all know. now gerri willis takes us to the track to find out how you should react if your ignition fails while you're driving. the high-speed plan of action ahead. plus, lightning struck this man. and not only did he live to tell the tale, but wait till you hear what he did after he got hit. check out this boot, still smoking after the strike. he joins us live in a matter of
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minutes, so let's get to it. and first from the fox news desk this afternoon, iraq's prime minister, nuri al maliki, says the biggest threat to his country is not violent extremism. he says the real danger comes from the rebels against the constitution. in other words, his political rivals who want more of a say in their government. that is no good for america or the world. the stunning comments come even as more people pick up weapons to fight side by side with isis, the islamic state of iraq and syria. president obama and top iraqi clerics have called for a brand-new government, but the prime minister, maliki there, is defiant and says that would be a coup. his critics say that attitude, it's the attitude that led to the mess in the first place. they say his mistreatment of the sunni minority there has people joining in to fight to topple the government. president obama has ordered what he calls military advisers to help. but the white house says again
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today, this is maliki's problem to fix. >> the only way that iraq can be able to successfully confront the threat posed by isil is by showing every citizen in iraq that they have a stake. >> today a british group that monitors syria reported that a group of al qaeda fighters there defected to join the even more extreme isis. that means the relatively small terror group now has even more fighters as they continue their march toward baghdad. i want to show you something over on the wall. the red in this area that i'll show you right up here is the area that the militants have now seized. notice the red area has grown in recent days. this yellow area that we've added around the extremes here, that yellow area is where extremists are fighting for control. and we've been watching it spread by the day. iraqi officials are telling the associated press that prime minister maliki is in essence giving up on some of those areas in yellow. they say he's pulling back his
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best troops to defend baghdad. now, at the pentagon they're saying there is legitimate threat that now the capital, baghdad, could fall. something many analysts said just days ago simply could not happen. in fact, the bbc interviewed some of the militants who vowed to reach iraq's capital and said that baghdad will fall in less than one month. let's get to katherine for some sanity on all this live in washington. a lot of rhetoric out there, katherine. help us understand the facts. >> well, shep, congressional sources are confirming to us that a major opportunity to launch airstrikes was missed about a month ago when isis was still on the syrian border and away from city centers. and when isis began to move personnel and heavy equipment, the u.s. military assessed the terrorist group was at its most vulnerable. today the chairman of the powerful house intelligence committee confirming multiple warnings from the intelligence community. >> training camps get built and developed. we watched them get weapons.
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we watched them get finances. we watched western passport holders show up at these camps. we watched it all. >> senior intelligence official told reports that it's a given, shep. >> we already knew that some that had other interests in iraq were working with isis. now we hear about this other group. what do we know about their collusion? >> congressional sources also confirmed that al qaeda in yemen now has operatives in syria, and they are working with the official al qaeda affiliate there known as the front to share bombmaking techniques for ieds, and they are also sharing operatives. the relationship between the al qaeda leadership and pakistan and this man, the leader of isis, al baghdadi, is now described as two warring crime families. with al baghdadi wanting to pursue external operations on a faster time line than the leadership in pakistan. and even before today's reports
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that aq fighters in syria are now joining isis, a senior intelligence official told fox news that their best guesstimate is that there are roughly 10,000 fighters split between syria and ir iraq. the majority 7,000 syria and the remainder in iraq. >> catherine herridge, thank you. let's go to bag dodd where reuters' bureau chief ned parker is with us. ned, thank you. >> reporter: glad to be with you. >> the militants' assistance that baghdad could fall within a month, it's my understanding in your reporting, reading it and hearing about it, that essence baghdad seems pretty normal. is that the case? >> reporter: normal within the context of baghdad. >> yes. >> reporter: there's obviously a danger, but life goes on right now. and it's debatable how long it will take for baghdad to fall or not fall. i would be somewhat skeptical of rhetoric from different groups, but we'll see what happens. >> based on your reporting, ned, the facts on the ground, what
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are these insurgents doing? what is this isis group plus all of those who are with them doing? are they holding what they've gotten or preparing, or how would you assess it? >> reporter: well, i think in the north, they're basically holding what they have. you do have a counteroffensive by the iraqi forces. and it's significant that the baiji refinery, the largest refinery in the country, has not fallen, although the refinery itself is surrounded by different armed groups. so there's a back-and-forth going on. differing fronts are in better shape than others. and the iraqi government faces a very complicated, dangerous situation. >> it's a complicated and dangerous proposal for the americans as they make decisions on what to do next. from your reporting on the ground, should they decide to go with some sort of airstrikes at some point, are there identifiable targets? is there a way that some military force might be, from your reporting, able to stop this progression?
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>> reporter: well, i don't have access to the intelligence that the americans and iraqis are sharing. i talked to people, what we hear from u.s. officials is that they don't have access for doing great targeting. u.s. military commanders who worked in iraq in the past say that the iraqi intelligence is not great. and to be able to take the steps to start hitting targets that the iraqi government would want to hit, you really have to be able to develop that on the ground. so perhaps the arrival of these advisors is the first steps towards doing that. >> is the most serious problems that this isis group has come through, or is it that the populous there is allowing it because they feel ostracized and kept apart from the central government? >> reporter: right. it's a good question that you raise because isis moved and took mosul very quickly, perhaps more quickly than it imagined.
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and then the local population, which is deeply disenchanted, was willing to accept the local sunni population was willing to accept isis's presence. also, other armed groups that had members who probably fought isis or its earlier carnation in 2006, 2007 were willing to fight alongside isis right now because they are upset and disillusioned. the question becomes are there fighters or groups alongside isis that are reconcilable, and that needs to be explored. i was talking with a military -- former u.s. military commander earlier today. and he said to have a successful plan for the iraqi government, not only do they need to have a strong military plan, but they also need a strong political plan. >> ned parker speaking to us from baghdad. the reuters news agency's bureau chief there. ned, it's nice to speak with you. thanks so much. >> thank you. a suicide bomber who blew himself up in his hotel room in lebanon was affiliated with isis militants.
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that's according to the reporting of nbc news. again, in lebanon, affiliated with isis. if you think this is not part of a larger region, you need to think again. officials say the bomber ignited explosives just as security forces closed in on him. two of those officials died. the blast happened in the capital city of beirut. remember lebanon borders syria. syria is a hot bed for sunni extremists sweeping across iraq. just over a week ago, authorities announced that they were looking for terror cells in lebanon. terror cells that were planning to carry out a series of attacks. investigators report they arrested 17 suspects last week, yet this has happened. lebanese investigators say they were raiding the hotel today in search of more of them. this is the latest in a string of attacks on security scares in lebanon. an al qaeda group or an al qaeda-linked group, i should say, that is not isis claimed responsibility for those attacks. here at home, he says he accidentally left his child
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alone in a car. and we will get to that story and the rest of it from investigators who say they don't believe there was any accident here at all because of what they have just discovered. and wait till you hear what the i-team for our local station in atlanta has found. the man now accused by some of intentionally killing his little boy. and asked for less. because what we all really want... more. there's a reason it's called an "all you can eat" buffet. and not a "have just a little buffet". that's the idea behind the more everything plan. it's more of everything you want. for less.
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house speaker john boehner says he plans to file a lawsuit against the president of the united states, accusing barack obama of abusing his executive power. legal experts say this could be unprecedented. >> the constitution makes it clear that the president's job is to faithfully execute the laws. in my view, the president has not faithfully executed the laws. >> here's what speaker boehner is saying. he says that the president has abused his authority by signing executive orders to bypass congress on, quote, one matter after another. now, it's important to note here, each president since world war ii has done exactly the same thing. each and every president since world war ii has signed more than 100 executive orders while
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in office. the house speaker did not say which particular actions he might be challenging if, indeed, he does file this lawsuit. but the white house today defended the president's authority. >> the fact that they are considering a taxpayer-funded lawsuit against the president of the united states for doing his job, i think it's the kind of step that most americans wouldn't support. >> so is this just chat-chat-chat stuff, or is it real? analysts say it's not clear whether a lawmaker can sue the president in the first place, but they do say they believe the house could pass a resolution to establish a law enforcement. lawsuit. back in march the house passed a bill to speed up potential lawsuits against the president, but the senate never took it up. well, the man whom police say killed his young son by leaving him in a hot car all day in the heat of atlanta may have searched the internet for how
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long it would take an animal to die in a hot car. this is brand new. and what a law enforcement source now tells our affiliate fox 5 waga in atlanta that this father searched a computer, his own, asking how long would it take, how long would it take for an animal to die in a hot car. investigators in georgia reportedly found the search on the father's work computer. his name is justin harris. this is his picture. he now faces murder charges. this happened last wednesday in atlanta. the temperature in that city on that day was 91 degrees. remember, car closed, windows up, seven hours, daytime. police say harris says he forgot to drop the toddler off at day care, just forgot at 9:00 that morning. he says instead he went to work at home depot's corporate headquarters. and it wasn't until 4:00 p.m. that day that he remembered his son. his son, cooper, that he left
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him in the back seat of the suv. police later arrested the father on charges of murder and cruelty to children. he's still in jail without bond because now it appears they have some sort of evidence that he actually went back to the car during the day. leah gabriel joins us with more on that. what more do we know? >> it's more about what we don't know than what we do know. there are key questions. our local fox 5 affiliate in atlanta, they haven't been able to confirm exactly when that internet search was kungted or if it was even harris who conducted the search for how long it takes an animal to die in a hot car. this all comes as police have updated their warrant with new details. they're now saying that harris actually went back to his suv during that seven-hour period that cooper was inside, that he even put something inside through the driver's side door during lunch and then went back into work. well, and today a cobb county police officer told me, quote,
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our investigators believe there is a little bit more than what people are speculating. well, police are being very close-hold about what details are that led investigators to believe he murdered his child. and meantime, more than 11,000 people have actually signed a petition urging the district attorney to drop these charges. >> really? >> mm-hmm. >> because on a busy day in a big parking lot, there were witnesses. >> yeah, there were witnesses. and you know, harris told police that as soon as he realized that his son was in the car, that he pulled over into a shopping center and that he tried to resuscitate him. there were people watching this. some of them saw a father who was horrified, who was trying to save his child. >> you could hear the pain and the passion in his cries. it was just a horrible situation. >> the only thing i heard him saying was "oh, god! oh, god! my son is dead! my son is dead!" that's all he was saying. >> but others said that things just didn't add up. ed cockerham said i know he had
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lost his baby but he was acting up more than he should have been. it seemed like acting to me. i spoke with the coroner's office to ask about the autopsy. hopefully it will answer some questions. they said they have completed it yet but have not released the report. >> the charge is murder. >> the charge is murder. >> we'll follow it. the next time a cop pulls you over to the side of the road, that cop can search your car if he has good reason, but that cop cannot search your cell phone no more, can't look through your texts, can't do anything with that phone because the supreme court just ruled in favor of your privacy. it is an extremely important ruling today that explains the right that all of us need to know. plus, the ferrari enzo goes for about $1 million. wait until you see what happened to one of them when one owner's mechanic took it for a spin.
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21 minutes past the hour. if you're thinking about taking a million-dollar ferrari for a ride, don't total it. that's what a couple auto mechanics in connecticut did. if you're a car fan, you might want to avert your eyes. these pictures are hard to look at. they're up on the slide show in the monster this afternoon. this is a ferrari. the mechanic says he lost control and spun across several lanes right into a traffic median. here's a picture. ooh, come on, now. don't fail me today. two days in a row. i'm going to make this work. watch. come on. watch. it's going to move. yes! beat it. here's a file picture of this special ferrari. it's a 2003 ferrari enzo. the italian sports car manufacturer made just 400 of them, and they go for just a little bit more than $1 million. $1 million. the owner of the wrecked ferrari is a wealthy business mogul, a
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multimillionaire mattress dealer. here on the right, you can see the damage on the back end. see there? and on the left, there's a little bit here as well. here's a closer look. keep in mind, the engine is in the rear of these cars -- it's in the rear of these cars instead of a trunk. so where the trunk normally is, that's where the engine is. both passengers will be okay. though they were not wearing any seat belts, as you can see, the air bag's deployed. i don't know, if i back it up a little bit, that's a file picture. it doesn't actually look totaled, does it? it's totaled. the supreme court with an enormous decision today that affects the privacy of every single american with a cell phone. so basically every single american. the judge ruled unanimously. that never happens, that cops cannot search the phones of people they arrest without first getting a wrarnt. chief justice john roberts wrote, "modern cell phones are not just another technological convenience. with all they contain and all they may reveal, they hold for
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many americans the privacies of life. chief justice roberts acknowledged that the ruling could make it more difficult for police to conduct some investigations, but he said privacy comes at a cost. let's bring this to a lawyer. former federal prosecutor, anna mcry mcelroy joins us live on fox news. you could have medical records in there of your children or just about anything. >> there are all kinds of things. i mean, these are essentially computers when we look at a smartphone. and you have all kinds of things. i've had my mother's x-rays on my cell phone because i photographed them to send to somebody else. so they -- you have a ton of information. in fact, more information than you would have in your home, essentially. because you have it all in that one spot. if somebody came in and searched my entire home and went through all of my papers, they would not find as much as they would find on my one cell phone. >> i wondered if part of it was, the police can search your car with your permission, right?
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but if out on your seat you have something that's incriminating, they can just see through the window, well, you shouldn't have had it out. the cell phone is like having it in the glovebox. it's away from them, it's in a private place, and they might be able to get you on something that they weren't even looking for. >> right. and that's what happened in this case. one of the young men, they found a lot of information showing that he was part of a gang. so there were charges that came only because of having the information that was on the cell phone available to the police. now, getting the -- it just doesn't mean they can't get the information from a cell phone. all they have to do is do up an affidavit, have somebody be able to go into court and swear to what the information that's in it and explain to a judge wile they need to see what's in that cell phone. >> this is not to say they can't take your cell phone. they can take your cell phone. they can take it, keep it and go to a judge and say this is what we think might be in here. >> that's right. >> but the reason for that, if they get something else out that's very private that has nothing to do with the case, it won't end up in police records.
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>> that's true. and the other thing is they can, if necessary, if there is a public safety issue or exigent circumstances, as the court said, they can still look at it right away. if there is a terrorist, for instance, who they are concerned there may be more activity and they see phone calls or information coming out, they can look at it under those types of circumstances. so the court hasn't blocked them completely. but they really need to have a very good reason for doing something like that. other than that, there's no reason they can't go to a judge first, ask permission, essentially, and then look at the information. so that the court can make sure that our rights aren't violated. >> a victory for the individual. >> absolutely, for all of us. >> anne-marie, nice to see you. >> nice to see you. a manhunt now for a convicted killer. here's the deal. investigators say he already kidnapped one woman at gunle po and there's no telling what he'll do next. that's what here saying. how cops are trying to track this guy down before he can hurt anybody else. plus, as general motors recalls millions of vehicles, they say -- let's say you're
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nigeria's capital city and killed at least 21 people. so far nobody's claimed responsibility for the attack that happened today. however, the analysts say the region is a stronghold, of course, for boko haram. those are the terrorists who kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls back in april and more since. the area has seen already daily bomb and gun attacks by that group. gunmen who fired at a commercial jet as it was landing aimed for the fuel tank to
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create an enormous explosion. that's according to airline officials in the northwest of pakistan. the jet did not blow up, but police say several bullets did pierce the cabin, killed a mother traveling with her daughter and her three flight attendants. the cops say they're still looking for the suspects. and rescuers airlifted a hiker after they say she feel 50 feet off a cliff in southern california and that she had broken bones. no word on condition.
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cops are hunting for an escaped killer who they say is carrying a stolen shotgun and a backpack full of ammo. corrections officials in arkansas say this guy, bo buffington, was serving a 20-year prison for murder in the first degree. they say he's already proven he's still very dangerous. take a look over here on the wall. investigators say on saturday, the inmate walked away from a work detail at a prison in pine bluff, arkansas, right about here. which is about 40 miles really south of little rock. they say the man was doing yardwork at a home on the prison
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grounds when he broke inside and snatched a shotgun from a safe inside -- inside the house on prison grounds. uh-oh. a woman who lives in that home called 911 and said that the plan kidnapped her and tried to force her to drive him away. >> 911. >> i was kidnapped. and i just got away. and we need some assistance as soon as possible because he is armed, and he will shoot. >> who has he threatened? >> he was threatening me and people that have tried to -- that's beside the point. are you sending any help? >> yes, ma'am. >> corrections officials say they've been using search dogs and helicopters to look for the killer, but so far they've turned up nothing. our chief correspondent jonathan hunt has more on this and is live with us on the deck. what's the latest on this search? >> well, shep, we just got off the phone with officials from the arkansas department of corrections. they tell us they're getting a lot of calls, but only one confirmed sighting so far. and that was this surveillance
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video from the -- from a house near the prison. you can see here, timothy buffington, according to cops, knocking on that door. he does it twice. can you also see quite clearly, he's change s into camouflage from women whites. as to the woman who was taken hostage in her 911 call said he is armed and dangerous. listen to more of that call. >> he has four dogs, a shotgun, ammo and other keys. he can get more weapons. he has all our house keys. keys to my dad's state vehicle, keys to get stuff out of the state vehicle, everything. >> where's he at? >> he's inside my home. >> and four days on from that call, shep, there still appears to be no sign of this guy. >> so he's inside the while she's on the phone. he kidnaps her, and he's put away on murder one. >> yeah. he, back in 1998, he murdered
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his ex-wife. timothy buffington shot that ex-wife in the back of her head as she sat in the pickup truck that belonged to her boyfriend. now, as for a description of this guy, cops say he is 5'6", about 182 pounds, has scars on his upper left arm and also on his right wrist. not surprisingly, though, same cops also say if you see this man, do not approach him. just call 911 as quickly as you can, shep. >> thanks. a teenager accused of plotting a massacre at his high school in minnesota said he modelled his plans after the boston marathon bombings. they have newly released audio recordings. in them the 17-year-old tells investigators he thought the rampage would be fun and that he even wanted to kill his own family. >> before that day, i was planning to dispose of my family, too. >> why would you dispose of your family? what's -- what have they done?
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>> they did nothing wrong. i just wanted to have as many victims as possible. >> the teen himself says he thinks he's mentally ill but that nobody ever noticed. he said he had never been bullied, nothing like that. we've blurred his face because he's a juvenile, but prosecutors say they want to charge him as an adult. cops say they arrested the student back in april after they found him in a storage locker with bombmaking materials. police have released home video showing the suspect stabbing a knife between his fingers and testing explosive devices. his parents say they do not believe he would have actually carried out the attack. mike tobin is in our midwest news hub this afternoon. what else do we know about this teen and what he says in his recordings? >> well, you though, shepard, what you get from the new evidence is a good bit of detail. and you also hear this chilling matte matter-of-fact, even arrogant tone in had kid's voice. police released video documentation of him testing the
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explosives and triggering devices. we learned about the amount of research he put into his explosives and his weapons cache. how much attention he had paid to other gunman like eric harris from columbine. he calmly explains his plans to kill his family, start a fire for a diversion, then place a bomb in the recycling bin at school. >> my intentions were then when people were fleeing, i would detonate when people were fleeing just like the boston bombings and blow them up, too. then my plans were to enter and throw molotov cocktails and pipe bombs and destroy everyone and when s.w.a.t. comes, i would destroy myself. >> this teenager explains there his intention to be killed by the s.w.a.t. team because, in his words, he says he didn't want to kill himself and prove that he's a wuss like adam lanza. shep? >> mike tobin in chicago, thanks. general motors is planning to offer a broad payout to anybody injured or killed in a crash in which the air bags did not deploy. that's according to the
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reporting of "the wall street journal" which cites people familiar with this matter. "the journal" reports expects we should expect to hear details about that broad payout as early as next week. remember, prosecutors say general motors waited nearly a decade to recall more than 2.5 million cars for faulty ignition switches even after 13 people had had died. since then, the company has fired 15 workers, and the ceo says gm's culture is changing. gerri willis joins us now, the host of "the willis report," 5:00 eastern time on the fox business network. and you went to the track to find out what the deal with these faulty ignition switches. >> we did go to the track because you can save yourself, and a lot of people don't know thousand do this. if you're in a stalled car, there are actions you can take, three of them, and i'm going to walk you through each of them. first of all, it stalls, let's say you're going 50. first put it in neutral. i know that sounds strange. put the car in neutral. restart the car with the key. ail these gm cars are keyed cars, the 2.6 millions that have
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been recalled, and then put the car back in drive. >> okay. >> so that's the simple thing you can do. and as i said, we had -- >> because otherwise you don't have any control. >> otherwise the car is coming -- is slowing down. you can barely turn the wheel. you barely have any brakes. it's almost impossible to maneuver the car. so we had an expert show us how to get out of the stall. >> this is when someone might panic because the wheel feels heavy. remember, you can still steer the car. there's no reason to panic. put it back in neutral. start it up. keep my eyes on the road. put it back in drive. and go. >> so now what you saw there is he continued operating the car the whole time. so let's say that you're on a highway going 50, 60 miles per hour, you can still bring that car back to life. can you still before i that car by taking those three simple steps. >> there are people who are died because of this and others who are victims. what do we know about this new compensation fund they're setting up?
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>> ken feinberg is going to run it, the guy who's going to make decisions about how much money people are going to get. we're going to start hearing some of those details next week. the company says that the people who will be reimbursed are the people who -- families of the people who died in these collisions and people who were seriously injured. but i have to tell you, we've been talking to the lead plaintiffs' attorney on this, and people are still going to sue. they're not going to be a part of this ken feinberg settlement. what they tell me is you can't buy our silence. we want to bring gm feet to the fire and make sure they pay for what they've done. >> we'll watch for more in about an hour on the fox business network. thank you, gerri. man, the economy. the weather is mean, isn't it? >> i don't know what it is. it's not just the weather. >> it's a lot of weather -- it's a lot of weather problems. here's the deal. the u.s. economy has seen its worst decline in five years. coming up, we'll tell you what the analysts are blaming including the weather for the slowdown. plus, a lightning bolt struck a man in the foot and blew him right out of his shoes. more about that shoe, that
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there was severe weather everywhere, and the economy stalled because goods and services couldn't move around. the weather did it. and wall street traders seem to think it's temporary as well. you see the dow's been in the green for most of the day, started out a little bit in the red when it didn't understand the numbers but now we're up 55. jolene kent is live in our new york city newsroom. jo? >> hey, shep, that's right, they do think the uptick in the dow is encouraging. essentially the reason you saw that downregard revision was the bad winter weather, but also an estimate by a lot of economists including the u.s. government that health care spending would actually increase because of the affordable care act. instead we did not see that. but there is good news here. the silver lining is the numbers for the current quarter, the second quarter of this year are actually pretty good. if you look, consumer spending is up, manufacturing, business investment, also solid hiring numbers, labor is doing pretty well. so a lot of economists and analysts are telling me that
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they expect this quarter to actually firmly in the green. and shep, we're getting that number at the end of next month, so we'll see if all of this stuff ends up playing out. but this year is supposed to be a positive year. and 2015 even better. >> hope for positive. jo, jo ling kent live in the newsroom, thank you. a guy in georgia says a bolt of lightning zapped him in the foot and blew him right out of his shoes over the weekend southwest of atlanta. his name is sean o'connor. he said he was doing yardwork and all of a sudden heard a cracking sound. next thing he was down on the ground, his boots all the way across the driveway with smoke coming out of one of them. he even took a video. his wife took him to the hospital where doctors treated him. they say it gave him an irregular heartbeat. sean o'connor joins us live now. lived through a lightning strike and then took a video of it. >> yes, sir. >> what made you think to do that? >> originally, the video was
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intended just for my wife. she didn't really believe me when i called her and told her that i had just been struck by lightning. >> wow. you didn't think she'd believe it. th then when you got to the hospital, sounds like they believed it. >> originally, they didn't believe me either. to be standing there and telling them that i had just been struck by lightning was hard for them to believe. it wasn't till my wife showed them the picture of the shoe that they really believed me. >> i want to play the audio from the video that you took because i heard it in the background there, and i thought it was great. listen. >> in case anybody was ever wondering what it was like to get hit by lightning, there's my boot, what's left of my boot anyways. you can see it's still -- still smoking there. >> your boot was still smoking. now, did the doctors say anything about your future as a result of this? >> they've told me that, you know, it's kind of hard to tell what's going to happen in the
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future. there's not a lot of people that have survived lightning strikes for them to look at and see what's going to happen. with your body running off its own electrical system, any time you've got a jolt like that that runs through you, you run a chance of basically short-circuiting your mind out and rewiring some stuff. >> do you feel short-circuited? >> i don't feel short-circuited. i'm definitely feeling some pain, though. >> have they said that you need to do anything in particular? >> i just have to continue to follow up with my family doctor. >> i wonder if they said this portends anything in reference to future lightning strikes. >> actually, yeah. i've been told by quite a few people that have gone through the same scenario, i've had family members gone through the situation, and they're all telling me to be extra careful because a lot of them have actually been struck another time. >> so what they're suggesting is once you've been struck by lightning, the chances you'll be struck by lightning again go >> yeah, that's what they're saying. they definitely got me more convinced to stay inside. >> well, if i can be of any
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help, because we have this brain room here that looks things up and knows a lot of things, they're smart unlike me, that's not true. so at least there's that. at least there's no greater chance you'll be struck by lightning again unless, of course you take your rake out in then middle of a lightning strike and hold it in the air. you didn't even see any lightning, did you? >> no, actually, i had just got off work. i was working third shift, getting ready to go to sleep and my neighbor was cutting his grass. i thought i'd go out and cut mine because i'd be unable to sleep because of his lawn mower. it was sunny. just as i finished there was a bit of a sprinkle. i went to put my tools away. just when i picked up the rake is when i heard the crash. >> i blame my 85. i hope you feel better. and if you start feeling haywire, give us a call back. that would be interesting. >> oh, absolutely. >> good luck to you. struck by lightning, boots afire, lived to tell about it, even took a video. a childhood tradition now against school rules.
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the prohibition of birthday cupcakes. next.
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schools sell. this wellness committee has taken it a step further, dealing with all the food that's given a way. 25 kids per class, 25 cupcake parties. the calories add up. there's no food allowed at any of these birthday parties. instead parents can bring things like pencils, erasers, orr gammy. they say it's not about celebrating sweets. it's about celebrating the kids. listen to parents on both size. >> because there's just so many birthdays throughout the year. and there's already things they're getting treats for throughout the year that -- i just don't think it's that big of a deal. >> it's not necessarily, you know, the district's job to control that. to ban that and take away that thing from everybody. you know, overreaching. >> plus a lot of teachers are complaining about the kids having a sugar high. >> i'm sure. moderation. come on. we'll be right back.
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egypt's stunning blow to free press earlier this week could affect its u.s. aid. lawmakers in d.c. are proposing reducing the more than $1 billion the u.s. sends to egypt each year after that country sent its journalists, three of them, to prison on terrorist charges. senator patrick leahy said in a statement, withholding military aid to the egyptian regime has let its leaders know that repressive actions and abuses of human rights and the rule of law are deeply concerning to the
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american people and to many in congress. the united states gives about $1.3 billion a year in military aid to egypt, plus another $200 million in economic and democracy building assistance. on this day in the year 1950, the u.s. men's soccer team shocked the sports world with an enormous upset over england in world cup. the u.s. went to brazil with a roster of mostly amateur players. the team included a dishwasher, a mail man, a teacher and a mill worker. their english opponents were professional players known at the time as the kings of football. but on game day, the u.s. scored just before halftime and fought off each of england's advances to come out on top, 1-0. u.s. soccer got its miracle on the green 64 years ago today. when news breaks out, we'll break in. but tomorrow between noon eastern and 2:00 eastern, this
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enormous wall will be filled with world cup soccer. when the united states take on germany. we don't want to tie. we want the one seed. usa. well, guess who's cool at the white house and guess who has to cool his jets because he's never getting anywhere near the white house. >> what he is doing is destroying the most reliable, lowest cost power grid that the world has ever seen. >> that doesn't get you an invite. welcome, everybody. i'm neil cavuto. one is a billionaire environmentalist. another a former republican treasury secretary. both part of a climate change club and both invited to the white house today. not called guys like robert murray who are more thorns in the side of the white house every day. and not former shell